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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Northwest Press (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0984594000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984594009
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon was part of the early Nineties comic book black and white boom with the series TROPO. It was followed by the erotic horror series NEFARISMO from Eros/Fantagraphics. Since then he has created strips for Gay skin magazines such as STEAM, WILDE, BUNKHOUSE and INTERNATIONAL LEATHERMAN, as well as anthologies; GAY COMIX, NEGATIVE BURN, MEATMEN, FRIEND OF DOROTHY, SO SUPER DUPER, THREE, GLAMAZONIA and BOYTROUBLE. He has also created illustrations for the first FALLEN ANGEL, a landmark leather DVD by Titan Media. He is best known for his graphic novel TELENY AND CAMILLE, an adaptation of the anonymous Victorian novel of Gay love attributed to Oscar Wilde and circle which won a 2010 Lambda Literary Award. His most recent work, FEARFUL HUNTER, is the recipient of the 2010 PRISM Comics Queer Press Grant. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rndkr on October 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Teleny and Camille, adapted by Jon Macy from the forbidden Victorian age erotic text by Oscar Wilde and his crowd, is an important new work that should and I believe will take its place in the still-young canon of gay-themed comics/graphic fiction, alongside insta-classics like Howard Cruse's Stuck Rubber Baby and Alison's Bechdel's Fun Home (interestingly, like both of those books, Macy's Teleny examines and dramatizes our past in part in an effort to contextualize it for the present). Macy, long one of the better-kept secrets of the alterna-cartooning scene, gay or otherwise, here outs himself as a master of the medium with his lush, beautifully drafted, tactilely erotic drawings, simultaneously capturing the swooning romance and gothic decadence of the text. As a bonus, and in the spirit of the original round robin, let's-make-it-up-as-we-go format, Macy offers up a new ending for the lovers; luckily for all of us such a conclusion is ever-more possible in the present day. Let's hope publication of this lovely tome from the newly-minted Northwest Press gains Macy the wide recognition he richly deserves. 5 stars, baby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Kibler on October 9, 2010
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Having watched this project begin with baby-steps back in the mid-nineties to J. Macy's full realization now, I cannot be happier to recommend Teleny and Camille to all curious readers. (Check out previews at NWPress.com, jonmacy.com and oscholars.com) This is the real thing: explicit tales of sex, sumptuous graphics, torrid romance, Victorian virtues upheld, and then overturned. Bringing this material to the modern reader through personal storytelling and displaying the challenges he encountered, Macy "pulls-no-punches" resurrecting an underground world Oscar Wilde encountered sheltering a hidden nineteenth-century sexuality.

Praise must also be raised for the publisher, Northwest Press, not only taking on a controversial work, but placing it in such a handsome package. The design is understated and enhances what is inside. Everyone will be proud to display this modern novel of gay romance on their bookshelves. The interiors may shock and reveal the lurid nature of repression, but this is with good cause. Without questioning the social structures that allow prejudice to persist, how can we create a more peaceful world for all humanity? I think this is the purpose of retelling our personal stories, no matter how horrific.

This publication sets the standard for erotic storytelling very high. I want to see more stories like this in the future, be they from the pen of Mr. Macy himself (he is publishing a new fantasy series!) or others working in the same market. Northwest Press already handles several quality titles and is set to become a leader in presenting new works of gay literature today. I am looking forward to more excellent work from Northwest Press.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evan J. Peterson on July 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
No one knows for sure who wrote Teleny, a novel generally considered to be a collaboration between Oscar Wilde and several friends. Wilde at least guided the project, and his stamp of Aestheticism is undeniable; incidentally, it's also widely renowned as the first gay erotic novel. In its history, the novel has been edited, embellished, and translated into French, its setting moved from London to Paris. A book this mutable and communal seems destined to continue its evolution, most recently into a graphic novel adapted by underground comix champ Jon Macy.

Macy, whose work helped define the underground comics of 1990s San Francisco, is a fitting illustrator for this work of underground erotica. Macy brought the world Nefarismo in all of its perverse grandeur. Whereas his earlier work reveled in horror, Teleny and Camille confronts sexuality with innocence: All things are gilded and voluptuous--the male and the female, the natural and the artificial, the intimidating and the alluring.

Like much of the artist's previous work, everything between the covers is black and white. This is exceptionally effective for a story that drips with embellishment, artifice, and spectacle--color might push it over the edge from sumptuous to gaudy. The artwork is dynamic in its balance between simple silhouettes and textured details. Macy eliminates the original, redundant introduction in favor of illustrating bookseller Charles Hirsch's historical account of Teleny`s beginnings. Instead of an artist's preface, Macy draws himself in as a frustrated man figuring out how to adapt such an idiosyncratic novel. The writing here is a bit clumsy, but he quickly makes up for it in his discerning selection of passages from the original text.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J Palmer on October 9, 2010
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Dear God-fearing gentlemen and ladies: It is with indignation burning in my breast that compels me to sound a clarion bell to forewarn the populace of a most horrifying book which has surfaced of late from the foulest recesses of the lowest levels of society. This novel, no this affront of debauchery, this "Teleny and Camille" has the telltale stamp of the once feted degenerate Oscar Wilde. This is no simple manuscript; accompanying the writing are illustrations depicting the lecherous adventures of these two young men as they indulge in unspeakable, lascivious and unnatural acts which are proven as the aborence of God and hallowed civilization. One might presume these debased drawings to be produced by Wilde's occasional associate Aubrey Beardsley. Rather, they are the unholy work of one Jon Macy, and we feel he must be of equal standing to Wilde for so putting into form acts between these two men and others which should never be spoken of by good and righteous people. Never before has this upright person looked upon images of languor, of men in cataphysical couplings, declaring love to one another. It is a mockery of the natural order upon which our history rests! Mr. Macy, this one believes, should be sent to the gaol -- gentle ladies, please avert your gaze as it is not our wish to offend -- for sketching tumescent members and ample buttocks as if to be confused as supplications! Messers Macy and Wilde are denizens of whorish Babylon, as surely as their fetid imaginings!

This novel, if one is to be so kind to give it such distinction, is a heinous documentation of a man's descent into an aberrant way of life fed by the furtive seductions of another man already given up to wayward means befitting the doomed citizens of the Cities of the Plain destroyed by God's wrathful fire.
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